“ Brand: Lir „
These chocolates are gorgeous, not your usual coffee, strawberry, orange creams from your every day chocolates but rich unique flavour that give you a craving for more.I Bought an Easter egg with these in for my partner, tried just 2 and had to go out and buy a box for myself, she never got me an egg so that was my excuse.My favourites are the crème brulee and raspberry mint but even my least favourite of these is so much better than the mainstream chocolates. Its a pretty Lame name but having read the story behind it the name seams quite appropriate.
Unfortunately I gave these as a gift as they claim to be premium chocolates, they were opened and passed around and to my embarrassment everyone (including me) thought they were awful. The packaging states Lir have won lots of taste awards but if these are typical I don't know how. I will not be buying any lir chocolates in the future.
The best chocolates I have ever tasted and I have had most brands in my travels around the world.Don't think I give out praise easily but they are great - not sickly like Belgum chocolates or slimey like the common newsagent assortments that we all pass on to others if they are bought for us.Try them if you don't like them - then give up chocloate all together you won't find better.
To start with the not-very-well-chosen name of this product: 'Lir.' I can appreciate this may or may not have some relevance to the Irish (the chocolates seem to have some diffuse connection with the country of Ireland, though this may just be co-incidence) but unfortunately it doesn't really mean much to people from elsewhere. Worst of all the word 'Lir' rhymes with 'Euuurh!' - the kind of noise people from anywhere make when they taste something that's not very nice. While strangely appropriate - given the nature of these chocolates, this doesn't make for the best of first impressions for the product.
I get so disgruntled about 'waxy' tasting / textured chocolate these days that I sometimes wonder if the big Tesco down the road, where I know my other half buys the majority of the type of this stuff that we eat, can be storing the contents of its confectionery section correctly. Over Christmas we had a bag of Cadbury's new range of 'Koko' chocs came from the same place however, and they're definitely all right. So I can only conclude that it must just be that the quality of chocolates sold in Britain is going down the drain. It used to be that you could only buy chocolate approaching the atrociousness of what they use to make 'Lir' loose in penny bags of sweets, in the form of dented, brown, mouse-shaped bullets. Now they dress the stuff up in a 'premium'-looking package to try to kid you on it's not wholly useless. Despite the attractive packaging, I wonder though, if anyone has ever bought 'Lir' chocolates more than once.
Happily you only get one tray of 'Lir' for your £2.50. In the 180g octagonal box, you get fourteen of the chocolates in seven flavours, (two of each). These include a liquid raspberry-centred one that has cloying, artificial-tasting flavouring so horrible that once again, it harks back to the penny-chew section of a newsagents bottom shelf,' one that has a piece of two-spot decorated rice-paper stuck to the top of it to make it look like a die for no obvious reason (again for no obvious reason - it's a hazelnut centred one), a liqueur and marzipan combination, some pralines, one with a pecan nut attached to the top of it and a cappuccino mousse white chocolate thing that doesn't remotely taste of coffee. Stuck to the surface of this one is a dark chocolate coffee bean that looks like just one those nice, dark-chocolate-coated genuine coffee beans, but to compound the insult when you eat it it turns out just to be made of dark chocolate through and through, and thus a fake.
There are more "objects" - eg. squares of rice-paper, fake coffee beans, whole pecan nuts etc. - than one might expect by chance alone to be found decorating the tops of these chocolates. I strongly suspect that they've got some poor drone in a factory somewhere spending eight hour shifts sticking these superfluous gew-gaws onto the 'Lir' so that they can then advertise the chocolates as being 'hand finished'. These bells and whistles don't add much to the eating enjoyment associated with the product; along the lines of a pig in a dress still being a pig wearing a dress, it's difficult to see why the manufacturers bother trying to pretty them up at all.
in summary these chocolates do look good from the (superfluous) beribboned packaging, and they come in an attractive variety of shapes, but unfortunately their eating quality doesn't correspond at all with the concept of them being a 'luxury' product. You'd be better off with a big bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk. No, honestly you would.